How to format your references using the Journal of Banking and Finance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Banking and Finance. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Rochmyaningsih, D., 2015. Don’t distort policy in the name of national pride. Nature 523, 257.
A journal article with 2 authors
Satpute-Krishnan, P., Serio, T.R., 2005. Prion protein remodelling confers an immediate phenotypic switch. Nature 437, 262–265.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jiang, J.-W., Zhuang, X., Rabczuk, T., 2013. Orientation dependent thermal conductance in single-layer MoS2. Sci. Rep. 3, 2209.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee, Y.-J., Kim, D., Lee, K., Chun, J.-Y., 2014. Single-channel multiplexing without melting curve analysis in real-time PCR. Sci. Rep. 4, 7439.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Dant, S., 2016. Losing Eden. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Enna, S.J., Möhler, H. (Eds.), 2007. The GABA Receptors, Third Edition. ed, The Receptors. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
A chapter in an edited book
Baghdasaryan, G., Mikilyan, M., 2016. Natural Vibrations of Conducting Shells in a Stationary Magnetic Field, in: Mikilyan, M. (Ed.), Effects of Magnetoelastic Interactions in Conductive Plates and Shells, Foundations of Engineering Mechanics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 109–130.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Journal of Banking and Finance.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Doctors Pull Live Cricket Out Of Man’s Ear [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, 1977. National Science Foundation’s Actions on Recommendations of GAO Report “Opportunities for Improved Management of the Research Applied to National Needs (RANN) Program” (No. HRD-77-54). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Jenrich, M.A., 2017. “To treat her as a woman”: African American women and respectability in New York, 1860-1890 (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Crow, K., 2001. Plan for a Bryant Park Carousel Comes Around Yet Again. New York Times 144.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Rochmyaningsih, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Rochmyaningsih, 2015; Satpute-Krishnan and Serio, 2005).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Satpute-Krishnan and Serio, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Banking and Finance
AbbreviationJ. Bank. Financ.
ISSN (print)0378-4266
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics

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